Good news from a new article in the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine: knowledge of local medicinal plants is still fairly strong even in a native community only 4 km from a city center and bisected by a highway. The majority of the population still relies exclusively on medicinal plants for self-medication. In the community […]
It’s important that we continue to find new antimalarials because the parasite becomes resistant. Two new antimalarials, one from Brazil and one from Senegal, made the herb news this year.
Despite significant advances in medicine, liver cancer remains a major cause of death in the United States and the rest of the world. As limited treatment options are currently available, novel preventive control and effective therapeutic approaches are needed. Several naturally occurring dietary and non-dietary phytochemicals have shown enormous potential in the prevention and treatment of cancers.
Flax seed has many potential health benefits. The article below gives us some examples. Flaxseed is one of the most important oilseed crops for industrial as well as food, feed, and fiber purposes. Almost every part of the flaxseed plant is utilized commercially, either directly or after processing. The stem yields good quality fiber having […]
This article outlines the history of Verbascum thapsus, mullien, and its potential benefits for use with tuberculosis. For a link to read the complete article click on Verbascum thapsus. Abstract Common mullein weed (Verbascum thapsus ) has a large number of synonyms and old local “nick names” which connect the plant with mycobacteria. A strong history of medicinal use […]
The following article states clearly the importance of making sure medications are taken with safety in mind. Nurses have read the statistics on the numbers of prescription medications seniors take each day and the pitfalls and diverse problems that occur as a result. Various scenarios contribute to this problem: multiple healthcare providers prescribe medications; the […]
When a study illustrates all healing aspects of an herb and calls it a “cure-all”, I feel it is worth a read. Western herbalists have known the worth of Gotu Kola, Centella asiatica. At the end of the abstract, I have attached a link to the complete study. Abstract In recent times, focus on plant […]
There are many herbal alternatives to DEET. This study shows how catnip, Napeta cataria, can be a beneficial ingredient to your natural insect repellent. Abstract The repellent activity of the essential oilof the catmint plant, Nepetacataria (Lamiaceae), and the main iridoid compounds (4aS,7S,7aR) and (4aS,7S,7aS)-nepetalactone, was assessed against (i) major Afro-tropical pathogen vector mosquitoes, i.e. […]
The following information gives us a clear understanding of the relationship of melatonin and oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been proven to be related to the onset of a large number of health disorders. This chemical stress is triggered by an excess of free radicals, which are generated in cells because of a wide variety […]
The following information clearly shows the benefits of taking krill oil for those with inflammatory conditions. Abstract OBJECTIVES: a) To evaluate the effect of Neptune Krill Oil (NKO) on C-reactive protein (CRP) on patients with chronic inflammation and b) to evaluate the effectiveness of NKO on arthritic symptoms. METHODS: Randomized, double blind, placebo controlled study. […]